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The 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on Saturday (May 28). What is it? It is a "foodie" event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or "water activity" challenge of varying distances.
The big news of the week, and great news for the Triangle dining scene, is that Scott Crawford will be staying here after his recent departure from Standard Foods. A four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, Crawford will opening Crawford & Son in the former Piebird location on Person Street in downtown Raleigh sometime this fall. Prior to Standard Foods, Crawford was the executive chef at Herons at The Umstead Hotel.
Wake County restaurant news
The News & Observer reported this week some sweet news! Nicole Evans Groth, former head confectioner at Videri Chocolate Factory, is opening a bake shop, Anisette, in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood hopefully by late August. She is taking over the space of children's boutique, Progeny, at 209 Bickett Blvd. In the 800-square-foot space, Groth plans to serve coffee, cold brew, cookies, tea cakes, candies and more. What will not be on the menu are any of the chocolate confections she was known to make at Videri.
Over in Cary, Chris Creighton tipped us off to the fact that Back in the Day Cafe is taking a break. According to their Facebook page, "We've been on a break, will be opening again in June with new hours & new menu."
Cassidy's Sports Bar and Grill is opening in the old home of Latitudes in Knightdale. The restaurant, located at 7425 Knightdale Blvd., is expected to open this weekend.
The Haymaker bar opens at 555 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, according to Twitter user Raleigh Specials.
New Raleigh reports that a classic speakeasy will open behind Crawford & Son on Person Street.
Durham, Orange & Chatham county restaurant news
After a three-week transition from the old location to the new location, it is official that the Beyu Cafe has opened in their new (and improved) location at 341 W. Main Street in downtown Durham.
The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Tasu Asian Bistro's Cary location has closed.
With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the amphitheater (rain or shine - shelters are covered).
For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard, on all things food truck related here.
The 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters' Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here's a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
Tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork, are on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3 through June 5.
Arguably the area's biggest "foodie" event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year's festival - September 28 through Oct. 1. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the "Sustainable Classroom" - educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita's ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their Science of Eats event this year on June 2 from 6:30 'til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4, from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages.
The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11 from 12 - 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen).
The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run the week of June 6-12. During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open.
Food Bank Corner
For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn't last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank's Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, we are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website for more information on how to get involved.
Sean Lennard covers food news on his blog, Triangle Food Blog.